bwin still make it strong odds-on that Gareth Bale is a Tottenham Hotspur player next season despite reports today suggesting that Manchester United are about to launch a club record bid and beat Real Madrid to the signing of the Welsh star.
Bale has become hot property after an incredible season that saw him score 31 goals for club and country and scoop both the PFA Player of the Year and Football Writers’ Player of the Year awards.
It has put the 24-year-old in demand and with Tottenham’s failure to qualify for the Champions League next season, the Welshman’s suitors continue to believe he could be prised away from White Hart Lane.
Real Madrid have certainly turned on the charm offensive, with both president Florentino Perez and sporting director Zinedine Zidane making no secret of their desire to sign Bale, but it was thought that the Spanish giants provided the only concrete interest this summer – until now.
Reports today say that Manchester United are preparing a £60m bid – a potential British record – for Bale as the Old Trafford hierarchy back new manager David Moyes in the transfer market with serious cash.
With a bid for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas also on the table, United are keen to support their new man as the club tries to enter the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era, and such a whopping offer for Bale would certainly tick that box.
Yet bwin think it is far from a done deal, despite slashing their odds on Bale signing for United this summer from 6/1 to 5/2 in light of the latest reports.
A price of 15/4 is available on him going to Madrid, who at one stage this summer were odds-on to sign Spurs’ talisman.
Of course, both Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and manager Andre Villas-Boas have said Bale is not for sale at any price this summer and the bwin bookies appear to believe them – it is as short as 3/20 that the forward is still at White Hart Lane on September 4th.
It is 20/1 and bigger that Bale signs for any other club.